Many of us have turned to our mothers for comfort, love, security, direction and encouragement. Our mothers were also among our first role models. God in his wisdom has given us a spiritual mother who does all of this perfectly because she is full of grace and always does the will of her Son. Our Blessed Mother models beautiful virtues that would benefit all of us: knowing and following the will of God, praying and pondering Scripture, accepting suffering, and growing in purity and humility.

Join us for a short weekend retreat right here at St. Mary’s on Friday, March 16, 7:00-8:30 pm (following the Lenten Supper) and Saturday, March 17, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We will discover how we can draw closer to Jesus as we develop a relationship with His Mother and imitate her virtues. The cost is only $10. Please find registration forms at the church exits or on the desk in the St. Joseph Center. Contact Joanne if you have questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (815) 338-8853


Abstinence - All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence.

Fast - All adults are bound by the law of fast from the beginning of their nineteenth year up to the beginning of their sixtieth year.

Explanation - The law of abstinence means that a person is bound to abstain beginning the day after one’s fourteenth birthday.  The law of fast means that adults are bound to fast from the day after their eighteenth birthday until the end of the day of their fifty-ninth birthday.

Application - The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat

by-products.  The law of fast allows only one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, and

prohibits eating between meals.  In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.

Exceptions - Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.


                7-7:25 am English

                5-5:55 pm English/Spanish

                8 am-8:30 am English

                8-8:30 am English

                4-4:45 pm English
                6-6:25 pm Spanish


Religious Education students will have confessions on March 14 during their regular session (4:00-5:15 pm & 6:30-8:00 pm). St. Mary School students will have confessions on March 7 and 14 from 9:45-11:30 am.

Additionally, 'Be Reconciled', a Day of Forgiveness is being offered Diocese-wide on Wednesday, March 21. Our parish will be offering confessions on this day from 10 am –8 pm.


Do You Volunteer at the Church or School?

The Diocese of Rockford has requirements for all volunteers that need to be met. Whether you volunteer as a catechist, choir member, lector, mass coordinator, funeral luncheon worker, extraordinary minister, cleaner of the church, or any other ministry of the church, we need you to read five documents and sign the accompanying form. We have 5-6 printed copies at the mass coordinators desk of the documents for those who want to check out or read on the premises. We also have the papers to sign saying you read them. Below are online versions which include the forms. You can read them online and sign the papers at church or print just the last page and sign (the last page is usually the one for the signature). Even if you have previously done the Sexual Misconduct Norms, it has been modified last January (so you need to do it again now).


  1. Code for the Pastoral Use of Technology and Social Media    (Español)
  2. Code of Pastoral Conduct   (Español)
  3. Guidelines for Youth and Those Working with Youth   (Español)
  4. Sexual Misconduct Norms   (Español) 
  5. Authorization to Conduct Background Check   (Español)
  6. Mandated Reporter Form

In addition to these documents and forms, we are all required to take the Protecting God's Children which is also available online in English. Click here for the information on that.

Our school was featured in the Northwest Herald. Here is the link to the article.